Bill Berrys Works on Display for First Time

first_imgKaren Simmons, KUAC-FairbanksDownload AudioWorks of a famous Fairbanks artist are on display for the first time.Drawings and paintings by Bill Berry are hanging in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmussen Library.The long-archived works re-surfaced at the request of the late artist’s family.last_img

Sitka bulk water company looks to extend contract

first_imgA company looking to export water in bulk from Alaska to dryer climates is looking to extend its contract with Sitka for the borough’s water rights.The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports that the Gary Paxton Industrial Park will consider a three-year extension of its current agreement with Alaska Bulk Water Inc. at the board’s meeting Thursday. The company’s three-year agreement is set to expire in December.Alaska Bulk Water paid $1 million in 2012 to secure the rights to the water. In the agreement, the company was required to ship 50 million gallons by December of this year to retain the exclusive rights. The company has installed some infrastructure for loading water, but has yet to send a shipment out of the part.If approved the new deal would be for $1 million.last_img

Companion Christmas trees from Tongass en route to DC

first_imgAaron Steuerwald and Steve Hollis found the best available Shore Pine were on the Shoal Cove road system on Revillagigedo island in Southeast Alaska. (USFS photo)This year’s National Christmas Tree is a 74-foot spruce from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest. The tree is traveling across the U.S. on its way to Washington, D.C. — and as of Sunday, was in Indiana.In addition to the spruce, which will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, seven smaller “companion” trees have been selected from the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest.According to a U.S. Forest Service news release, the seven shore pines were found in the Shoal Cove Road area on Revilla Island. They were shipped out on Saturday, Nov. 14th.The companion trees will be used to decorate offices of Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and other offices in Washington, D.C.The tradition of the National Christmas Tree began in 1964, when a live tree was plantedon the Capitol lawn. That tree lived three years before succumbing to root damage, according to the Capitol Christmas Tree website.In 1970, the capitol architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide another Christmas tree. Since then, a tree has been donated by a different National Forest each year.Because this year’s trees are from Alaska, Alaskan children and community organizations have been asked to provide about 4,000 ornaments for all the trees.last_img read more

Less fatalities more safety for Alaskas commercial fishing industry

first_imgCommercial fisherman Ryan Fry sets up crab pots outside the F/V Farrar Sea in Unalaska. (Photo by Annie Ropeik/KUCB)Commercial fishing in Alaska was once known as one of the deadliest professions. It’s still pretty dangerous, but the number of fatalities each year is trending downward.The U.S. Coast Guard announced in October that over a recent yearlong period, not one commercial fisherman had perished at sea while working.The Coast Guard says that’s the first time the industry has had a spotless record. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that in the 1980s, an average of 31 fishermen died at sea each year. But starting in the 1990s, the number of commercial fishing deaths started declining, by 67 percent from 1991 to 1999.And between the first of October 2014 and Sept. 30 of 2015, there was not one casualty, according to Coast Guard data. That’s even including the six commercial fishing boats that sank last summer; all crew members were rescued.A Coast Guard fishing vessel safety expert, Scott Wilwert, says safer management practices have made all the difference.Once derby-style halibut and crab fisheries were done away with, the death toll diminished. Instead, crab rationalization and fishing quotas – or IFQs – meant the fishing wasn’t packed into short openings with hundreds jockeying to catch the most fish in overcrowded grounds.And, new policies were put in place, directing the Coast Guard to conduct inspections before fleets left port.“The crab fleet out in the Bering Sea has the reputation as the deadliest catch. And reality, real reality, is that hasn’t been since 1999,” Ted Teske of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said. “Prior to 1999 there was an average of eight fatalities a year in the fishery. Then in the 1999, the U.S. Coast Guard started doing dockside stability checks before the boats left the dock. And just like flipping a switch, they went from an average of eight fatalities a year to less than one a year.Teske is a NIOSH health communications specialist.   He and Samantha Case, a NIOSH researcher based in Anchorage, visited Dutch Harbor in October to survey fishermen about current use of life jackets, or PFDs.“Anecdotally, it seems like more guys are wearing life jackets, at least in this fleet in Dutch Harbor,” Teske said. “Man overboard fatalities are the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide. Of the over 500 fishermen that have died from falls overboard since 2000, not a single one of them was wearing a life jacket when they drown.”Teske and Case said it seems these days more fishermen are wearing PFDs.“If you look at what is actually the cause of death when you fall in cold water, a lot of people say, oh, you’re going to die from hypothermia. But really what gets you long before hypothermia is what they called swimming failure. Where basically the water is so cold that your body is trying to keep your organs and your brain warm and so it’s moving all the blood out of your extremities and you lose the ability to tread water,” Teske said. “So if you can float, if you can float you don’t have to worry about that at all. And it takes actually a long time for you to slip into a hypothermic condition. That can take a half-hour to an hour or more, which is plenty of time for the vessel to spin around and come grab you, if they know you are in the water and you are floating.”The decline in commercial fishery deaths can also be attributed to improvements in PFD design, making them less bulky and difficult to work in.Click here to see the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s recent article on the decrease in commercial fishermen fatalities.last_img read more

Crime prevention through community outreach

first_img(Courtesy Anchorage Police Department)Public safety and crime prevention will be more challenging for the state’s department of law as budget cuts force closure of district attorney offices in some areas of Alaska. How will prosecutors handle increased caseloads and long distance court proceedings? Community Prosecution – A Guide for Prosecutors (PDF)Download Audio(Courtesy Anchorage Police Department)HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Captain Bill Miller-Crime Suppression Division-APDClint Campion, district attorney, Anchorage-Bristol Bay-Aleutians-PribilofStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Juneau PD Intoxicated driver rams Governors Mansion

first_imgJuneau police arrested a man late Thursday night for driving while intoxicated after finding him and a dog in a vehicle stuck in construction fencing at the Capitol.Download AudioThe Alaska Governor’s Mansion, Aug. 16, 2009. (Creative Commons photo by ~dgies)The Juneau Police Department described what happened in a press release.“Officers responded and arrested 49-year-old Alexander Oliphant of Juneau for driving while intoxicated. He was also later charged with refusal to take a breath test. A dog that was in the vehicle was not injured in the collision and was turned over to animal control.”Police say that Oliphant “volunteered” that he had run into the Governor’s Mansion as well. Video surveillance showed a car ramming the garage door, which was damaged.The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.last_img read more

Privatization could save some money at API not at youth centers

first_imgAlaska’s state government can save money by privatizing some services at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, or API. But it doesn’t look like it would save if it privatized all services.Listen nowConsultants who studied the privatization for the state found that management of the institute, as well as operating the state’s juvenile justice detention centers, are better done by the state.Coy Jones is the senior consultant for Public Consulting Group and said savings depend on how many patients are at the psychiatric institute.“We definitely made some recommendations where there are some limited cases of privatization that we would recommend implementing,” Jones said. “They’re easy to do, and they will generate some cost savings.”For example, the consultants recommend there could be savings in privatizing the institute’s communication center.But a different consultant that looked at youth detention centers couldn’t find any opportunities for privatization.Consultant Carl Becker of CGL – a consulting company that specializes in corrections — said local organizations operate juvenile facilities in other parts of the country. But local organizations weren’t interested in operating the facilities in Kenai, Nome and Palmer.“We found basically no private or governmental in any of these regions that had either the interest or the capability to operate standalone detention facilities for these youth,” Becker said.The state also couldn’t find savings in privatizing pharmacy services at Pioneer Homes.The state studied privatizing services as a result of a new law that overhauled Medicaid in Alaska. The Senate Health and Social Services Committee held a hearing on the studies Monday.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday March 13 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowUS Attorney for Alaska Karen Loeffler submits resignationAssociated PressThe U.S. attorney for Alaska has submitted her resignation. President Donald Trump on Friday requested the resignation of Karen Loeffler and 45 other U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.House passes bill to provide benefits to survivors of police, firefightersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe state House passed a bill Monday that would provide health insurance to the families of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.Calls for Hilcorp to shut down leaking Cook Inlet gas line get louderElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAn ongoing natural gas leak in Cook Inlet is sparking a debate over pipeline safety. Hilcorp, the responsible company, said it can’t shut off the flow of gas through the pipeline without risking an oil spill. But a number of environmental groups disagree.Mitch Seavey first to Elim, three follow from KoyukAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageMitch Seavey has a substantial lead in the Iditarod, as the top mushers enter the final phase of the race. Seavey reached the Elim checkpoint at 3:26 p.m.Iditarod changes dropped dog transport standards following Friday deathZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Iditarod Trail Committee said it’s changing protocols for how it transports dropped sled dogs after an one died Friday while in the organization’s care. An early necropsy on the dog showed it had overheated, dying of hyperthermia while on board a plane.Late Iditarod Volunteer in Kaltag receives Nayokpuk AwardBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeThe Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer in Kaltag with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award.Ask the Energy Desk: What happens when our hydropower sources are frozen?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauParts of Interior Alaska, like Fairbanks, have been seeing record cold temperatures this winter. But in Southeast Alaska, the frigid conditions have had a direct impact on the way people power their homes.Update: More money for the Alaska Marine HighwayEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauState House budget writers have restored much of the ferry system cut proposed by the governor for the next fiscal year.Tied-up ferry Taku is for saleEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state ferry Taku is for sale. The minimum price for the 54-year-old ship is $1.5 million.Climate scientists worry NOAA cuts will hinder Alaska weather forecastingTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksScientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide.Low salmon projections cancel popular Southeast Spring King DerbyEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA popular Southeast spring fishing derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday March 22 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWhite House budget proposal cuts legal services for low-income AlaskansAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the past 50 years, Alaska Legal Services Corporation has offered free legal help to low-income Alaskans. Cases have ranged from private matters, like guardianship designations and protective orders, to statewide issues such as building high schools in rural Alaska. President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint eliminates federal funding for legal services programs nationwide, which would have a direct impact on Alaskans.Wildlife managers urge conservative hunting of emperor geeseAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelAfter 30 years of waiting and conserving, residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be able to hunt emperor geese again next month. Wildlife managers and hunters are standing by for the federal government to release the official notice. Then residents will continue a tradition that’s skipped a generation.Thousands of state employees temporarily locked out of computersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA software update error locked thousands of state employees out of their work computers earlier today. Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers this morning, affecting two in five Executive Branch workers.Hilcorp fined again by state for unauthorized use of nitrogen in wellsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe state is fining oil and gas company Hilcorp an additional $160,000 for using nitrogen without permission while working on two wells in 2015 — the same practice that nearly killed three North Slope workers.Two outside companies look to find world-class shale oilElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAmidst a wave of new oil discoveries in Alaska, other companies are hoping to get lucky, too. And in pursuit of the next billion-barrel find, two companies from Texas and Australia are trying something a little different.Federal air quality officials visit FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks North Star Borough residents have to find ways to burn less and cleaner to bring the community into compliance with federal air quality regulations. That’s the message from Environmental Protection Agency representatives in Fairbanks this week to talk about chronic wintertime fine particulate pollution in some area neighborhoods.Longtime leader Rosita Worl to leave Sealaska boardEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauOne of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down.Heating system fire caused last year’s Ice Alaska fireDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAn investigation has concluded that a fire that destroyed the main building at Ice Alaska late last year, originated in a heating system.Mat-Su Borough bans trapping on some public landCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA ban on trapping within some public lands in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is now official, after a yearlong push by concerned trail users.Arctic winter sees record low sea-ice coverTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksIt’s been a chilly winter here in the Interior and elsewhere around the state. But for the Arctic Ocean, it’s been one long warm spell. That’s led to another record-low year for formation of Arctic winter sea-ice cover.last_img read more

Recovery behind bars

first_imgBroadcast: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.Please note: This special episode is pre-recorded. We will not be accepting phone calls.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. Community members, staff, and inmates gathered at Goose Creek Correctional Center on July 27, 2018, for Community in Unity.On the next Talk of Alaska we’re stepping outside of the studio and into Goose Creek Correctional Center. During the special, pre-recorded episode inmates at the prison speak with community members about substance use treatment. It’s a chance to hear from people who can’t call in but have something to say.This episode is part of Alaska Public Media’s Solutions Desk and Community in Unity. The conversation was recorded at Goose Creek on June 27, 2018 and has been edited for clarity and length. Listen to other Community in Unity conversations here.HOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Inmates and staff at Goose CreekCommunity memberslast_img read more